Thursday, March 30, 2006

More Spineless Wobbling

"Huh? Sterile moose? Steroid use? What? Na na na na! I can't hear you."

It was less than two weeks ago that I was finally willing to relent just a bit and give Selig a rare pat on the back following the joy that was the World Baseball Classic. Believe me, that was a stretch as I find Selig to be about as likeable as a cold sore.

Well, I take it all back.

Selig's latest toothless stunt is to call for an investigation into past steroid use. Of course, the investigation will be led by an aged Senator with all the vengeful ferocity of a hamster. George Mitchell isn't exactly Brandon Lee in The Crow kicking down doors and seeking revenge. What exactly is Mitchell going to uncover that the authors of "Game of Shadows" haven't already?

This is a farce.

Listen, I dislike Barry Bonds as much as the next guy. Trust me. The guy cheated and acted like an asshole for years, so it's refreshing to see karma catch up to him, just as it's always refreshing to see karma catch up to anyone who has some bad vibes due to come their way. Sure, there is a definite scheudenfreude factor here, and no, I don't feel sorry for Bonds as his situation becomes and all-out witch hunt. He decided to play with fire and now he's getting burnt. Hey, too bad. Shit happens.

That said, let it go. This investigation is little more than smoke and mirrors to distract from the fact that horrible mistakes were made. Selig and baseball fucked up by turning a blind eye for several years to the steroid use that even the most casual of baseball of fans could see by simply turning on a television. None of these mistakes can be undone now. None of them. What exactly is this investigation going to accomplish? We all already know that Bonds and Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi and others juiced - and don't give me any garbage about them being innocent until proven guilty. You know they juiced. I know it. They know it. We all know it.

So now people are angered that a massive, medicated beast with a surly attitude may pass loveable folk heroes like Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in the record books. I'm one of those people. I'll admit it. Why sould Bonds sit atop the record books when a significant portion of his career - the most productive portion of his career - was unfairly enhanced?

So I guess this is some last-ditch attempt by Selig to prevent this from happening.

Thing is, Selig didn't have the brains nor the spine to make steroids illegal at the time the record books were being rampaged. Yet now he's going to get on his high horse and act as though he's some tough man of the people, some avenger of wrongs, and announce this investigation as if he actually has a pair of balls and is cracking down?

Give me a fuckin' break.

Pricks like Bonds took advantage of what was laid bare before them - and that was a baseball world that took no offense to their cheating, not even a slap on the wrist or a simple piss test. Nothing. You can gripe all you want about the moral factor, or lack thereof, of what these men chose to do to their bodies and the game of baseball. You cannot, however, claim that they broke the rules of baseball.

They didn't.

If there should be any investigation here, it should be into which owners were the most resistant to steroid legislation. Find out the owners who were the most willing to turn their backs on the wrongdoing as long as fans were tuning in to see the long balls hit into the outfield bleachers. Find these owners. Investigate these owners. And then toss these owners from the game.

Selig, too.

Should Bonds and the other cheats face the howls of a public sickened by what they've done? Sure.

Should their possible entrance into the Hall of Fame be up for scrutiny? Yeah.

They should not, however, be investigated for acts that Selig and the rest of baseball were more than willing to overlook as long as interest was peaked momentarily. In a sense, Selig and the rest used the likes of Bonds when they felt the game needed a jolt. So the record books and even the mere health of the players were disregarded because, for a while, America loved all the dingers. And now that Selig and the owners are done using Bonds and the rest, now that they've gotten what they wanted, they're willing to begin witchhunts and make criminals of them.

The steroid users may have been criminals, but they weren't the only ones.


Anonymous priest, they called me said...

What are the chances that Selig wants all the "cheaters" suspended or thrown out or what have you, but he just brought in this Mitchell fella to point to and say, "hey, it was this dude's idea...he says they cheated, so I have to take his word for it." Do you think Selig thinks this would make himself look like less of a "bad guy" should the hammer fall on the "cheaters"?

11:01 AM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Yeah, that's possible.

I just find it absurd that Selig ignored steroids for all those years even as countless people screamed about it, and now he's going to act like this is all a surprise to him so he better do something about it now. What a hypocrite.

Selig let it happen when it was happening. He had his chance to do something about it, but didn't.

So stop acting all high and mighty.

11:55 AM  
Blogger White Silk said...

I think the wrong major sports commissioner is stepping down this year - it sure as hell should be Selig's drunk Milwaukee ass rather than Paul
"I Get the Job Done Right" Tagliabue!!

1:34 PM  

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